ODOT to Present Final Plans for Public Areas Around Second New Innerbelt Bridge
Public meeting to be held Tuesday, January 8 at OLA/St. Joseph Center in Tremont from 5:30-7 p.m.
CLEVELAND (Friday, December 28, 2012) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at OLA/St. Joseph Center in Tremont from 5:30-7 p.m. to present final plans for the look and feel of community areas surrounding the second new Innerbelt Bridge.  The project team will also discuss traffic changes during the fall of 2013 – including the closure of the W 14th Street on-ramp – as well as updated working hours for noisy operations.
WHAT:           Public Meeting
WHEN:           Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. 
WHERE:         OLA/St. Joseph Center in Tremont, 2346 W. 14th Street, Cleveland
During the spring of 2012, ODOT engaged groups of city and county officials, local community development organizations and businesses to introduce proposed enhancements and ask for feedback.  While the second bridge – which will eventually carry eastbound traffic – will look nearly identical to the new westbound structure (being constructed now), some landscaping and land-use decisions were left to be made.  
These Focus Groups provided further suggestions and in July 2012, ODOT presented these details to the public during a public meeting.  Concepts were later approved by the City of Cleveland’s Downtown/Flats Design Review and Planning Commission.
During this meeting, the community will see final plans for the following areas:
In the Gateway District of Downtown:
·        Landscaping in the infield of the I-90 exit ramps and along Ontario and East 9th Streets; and
·        Wall treatments along inbound Ontario and East 9th Streets (including updated wall design concepts from the Rock and  
          Roll Hall of Fame + Museum).
In the Tremont/Towpath Trail Area:
·        Land use in the vicinity of Abbey Avenue and W 14th Street (“The Sideyard”);
·        Overlook options along the Towpath Trail and Abbey Avenue beneath the new eastbound Innerbelt Bridge; and 
·        Entrances and gateways to the Towpath Trail.
For more information on the Innerbelt Bridge project, log-on to www.Innerbelt.org or dial the Project Hotline at 216.344.0069.
For more information contact:
ODOT Innerbelt Communications Office at (216) 584-4030 or email info@Innerbelt.org.